Rufous-bellied Thrush Turdus rufiventris

Brazilian name:
sabiá-laranjeira
Rufous-bellied Thrush, São Paulo, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image Brazil

The Rufous-bellied Thrush is found in the south and east of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and adjacent parts of Bolivia and Argentina. It is probably the best known thrush in this region and is common in woodland, gardens and forest borders.

Rufous-bellied  Thrush, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image It is unmistakable with its orange-rufous belly as well as the conspicuous dark streaks on its white throat. You can usually make out a narrow yellow eye-ring.

The juvenile, seen in photo 5, has buffy streaks on its crown and back and brown mottling from its chin to belly.
Immature Rufous-bellied Thrush, Parque do Zizo, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image

It has a very attractive song and, for this reason, it is often kept as a cage bird in Brazil.

There are recordings and a distribution map on xeno-canto.

There are illustrations in Ridgely & Tudor, Volume 1, Plate 6; and Sick, Plate 37.

Rufous-bellied Thrush, Parque do Zizo, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image
Immature Rufous-bellied Thrush, Parque do Zizo, São Paulo, Brazil, November 2006 - click for larger image
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